BMW Manufacturing Co. unveiled its fifth class of BMW Scholars this week. The 30 graduates of the program have been hired by BMW to work at its Spartanburg facility.
This was the fifth class of graduates, according to the company in a statement. The 30 graduates have been hired as production, automotive, logistics and equipment service associates.
“Developing the future workforce is critical to the continued growth and success of our company,” said Manfred Erlacher, president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing, in the statement. “The BMW Scholars Program plays a key role in keeping this plant competitive. Each one of these talented new associates will be important to the daily operation and long-term success of our company.”
According to BMW Manufacturing, the program began in August 2011 in collaboration with Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College. The program runs for two years and is similar to the apprentice program the company has in Germany.
“We are grateful for the support and commitment of our technical college partners, who are vital to the success of the BMW Scholars Program,” said Johannes Trauth, vice president of human resources, in the release. “This program continues to be an excellent example of how collaboration between the business and educational sectors can ensure that advanced manufacturing remains a key driver for our state in years to come.”
The program in Spartanburg has graduated 108 BMW Scholars and the company said all have been subsequently offered employment at BMW Manufacturing Co.